File - In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 photo, an armed member of the militant group al-Shabab attends a rally in support of the merger of the Somali militant group al-Shabab with al-Qaida, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo)
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The defections of two fighters, an American and a U.S. resident, from Somalia's Islamist extremist rebels highlight tensions within Al-Shabab over whether it should remain affiliated to Al-Qaeda or switch allegiance to Daesh (ISIS), according to an Al-Shabab commander.Separately an American resident, a Minnesotan named Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, who joined Al-Shabab more than seven years ago, surrendered to Somalia's federal government on Nov. 6, the U.S. State Department said in an email to the AP.State Department spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala said Hassan is in the custody of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency in Mogadishu. She said the U.S. is discussing the case with the Somali Federal Government, but noted that Washington does not have an extradition agreement with Somalia.
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